GION KYOTO

Gion district of Kyoto is home to many geisha houses and traditional tea houses. In the evenings you can see geisha walking in Gion.

Gion originally developed in the middle ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. Gion is the best place in Kyoto to see geisha and maiko in the streets, but they don't normally come out until it is dark or almost dark on their way to entertain people during their dinner at one of the tea houses or restaurants in Gion.

This part of Kyoto has two hanamachi (geisha districts): Gion Kobu and Gion Higashi. Despite the considerable decline in the number of geisha in Gion in the last one hundred years, it is still famous for the preservation of forms of traditional architecture and entertainment. Part of this district has been declared a national historical preservation district.

Maiko in Gion Kyoto

Maiko in Gion Kyoto

There is a popular misconception that Gion was a red-light district. However, as it was a geisha district, and as geisha are entertainers. Geisha are not prostitutes. Gion is not, and never was, a red-light district. Shimabara was Kyoto's red-light district.

Hanamikoji Dori Gion Kyoto

Hanamikoji Dori Gion Kyoto

GION DISTRICT MAP



GION ATTRACTIONS

LANDMARKS

Hanamikoji Dori

Hanamikoji Dori
Hanamikoji Dori is a long narrow street in Gion Kyoto lined with traditional Japanese tea houses, where at night you can see Geisha and Maiko walking to and from the various tea houses in th...

Shijo Dori

Shijo Dori
Shijo Dori is the main street that goes through the historic Gion District of Kyoto. There are many small shops along Shijo Dori selling regional style sweets and local craft products. There...

TEMPLES

Kenninji Temple

Kenninji Temple
Kenninji Temple is the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto and is the headquarters of the Kenninji sub-sect of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. Kenninji Temple features the panel painting, 'Fu-j...

SHRINES

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in the historic Gion district of Kyoto. Yasaka Shrine was established in 656AD and is famous for Gion Matsuri festival which takes there....

THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS

Gion Corner

Gion Corner
Gion Corner is a traditional theatre in Gion Kyoto, where Geisha perform for the public....

Gion Kaikan Theatre
Gion Kaikan Theatre is a tradition Japanese theatre where maiko and Geisha from the local Gion district perform traditional Japanese dances....

Minamiza Kabuki Theatre
Minamiza Kabuki Theatre is a traditional Kabuki (traditional dance and singing drama) theatre in the historic Gion District of Kyoto. Minamiza, founded in 1610, is the main Kabuki theatre in...

GARDENS and PARKS

Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park is the main location for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Kyoto, so it is best to arrive early in the morning before the crowds build up too much. Maruyama Park which covers ...

TRAIN STATIONS

Gion Shijo Station
Gion Shijo Station is a main train station on the Keihan Main Line with all trains from Local to Limited Express Stopping at this station. Gion Shijo Station is in the historic Gion District...

Author: Craig Fryer

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